September 23rd, 2018

NDP MPP calls for Ford to denounce mayoral candidate linked to neo-Nazis

Doug Ford needs to offer a denunciation after posing for pictures with Faith Goldy, a prominent figure in the alt-right movement who associates with neo-Nazis and white supremacists, said NDP Anti-Racism critic Laura-Mae Lindo.

“Anti-hate experts are calling on people not to legitimize the views of this neo-Nazi sympathizer, but Doug Ford posed for photos with her, lending what could be construed as an endorsement. It’s hard to believe this is happening in Ontario,” said Lindo.

The photos, taken on Saturday at a Doug Ford and PC Party event, show Ford and Goldy posed with arms around each other, flanked by members of Goldy’s campaign team, who are wearing Faith for Mayor t-shirts. The photo has been shared on Goldy’s social media.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network has registered deep concern about Goldy, stating that with her current run for mayor of Toronto, Canadians can “expect her to try to use her mayoral run as a platform to spread hate.”

Goldy’s disturbing record includes broadcasting the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017 for The Rebel. The footage showed Goldy sympathizing with the white supremacist protestors and mocking counter-protestors. Following that, she appeared on the neo-Nazi, white supremacy broadcast The Daily Stormer, which advocates genocide of Jewish people, to discuss the event.

Goldy is a proponent and defendant of the white nationalist slogan Fourteen Words, coined by the terrorist organization The Order's founder, David Lane.

“Doug Ford’s tacit endorsement of Faith Goldy and her hateful views is deeply chilling for everyone who believes that all Ontarians deserve to feel safe and valued in their province,” said Lindo. “At the very least, Mr. Ford needs to publicly denounce Ms. Goldy, and the views she espouses.”